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  1. Impressive site. I have been working on a Latin project for Wikisource and came across your site. I personally have been using AutoHotkey to automate certain repetitive functions such as adding macrons when needed (āēīōū), or other letters not included on a English keyboard (äåö æåø äöüß etc.) with my Windows 11 computer. After the AutoHotkey program has been downloaded and installed , a simple text script like the one below saved as an .ahk file (UTF encoding) from Notepad remaps CTRL + a to ā and SHIFT+CRTL+a to Ā, etc. CTRL (^) + key is a default for the progam and the basis for the script and method I have become accustomed to using. But, of course, it is possible to remap ALT + Key (like the Hawaiian keyboard configuration, or deadkey + Key (like the Māori keyboard) using AutoHotkey too. To do so would simply be a bit more complicated and require a somewhat more in-depth knowledge of the AutoHotkey programming languaege. I have even seen AutoHotkey scripts that cycle through a range of accents like my phone does (a æ ã å á à â ā) through repeated pressing of a, but getting a macron by this method might entail pressing a five times.

    Sample AutoHotkey script for CNTL+a to ā, etc.

    ^a::ā
    ^e::ē
    ^i::ī
    ^o::ō
    ^u::ū
    ^y::ȳ
    ^+a::Ā
    ^+e::Ē
    ^+i::Ī
    ^+o::Ō
    ^+u::Ū
    ^+y::Ȳ

    Thought this might be worth a mention, although your descriptions are clear and equally valid approaches to this issue.

    Bene vale.

    1. Hi Paul, thank you for this suggestion! This is another good option for people wishing to type macrons on their computer. I have been quite happy with the Māori keyboard because of its simplicity – you just download it and you are good to go. But if people are already using AutoHotkeys and are familiar with its functions, then it would make sense to set up shortcuts for the macrons in that way.

      Thanks for stopping by, and best of luck with your Wikisource project!

  2. Thank you so much! This makes typing in latin so much easier! I’ve been using alt codes, so typing words like Rōmānōrum were a nightmare. This is so much better!

    1. Hi Matthew, it is great to hear that you found the post helpful! These tips have saved me SO much time, and I am sure they will do the same for you!

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